Eglin AFB is located in Okaloosa County, in northwest Florida, comprising over 640 square miles. This is a military friendly area and also a major tourist attraction due to the white sand beaches. The area is a high cost of living area and has relatively low wages. Eglin is located 8 miles northwest of Fort Walton Beach, FL; 60 miles east of Pensacola, FL and 65 miles west of Panama City, FL. The base operator's phone number is 850-882-1110 or DSN 312-872-1110.
Modern-day Eglin evolved from an honorable past. Eglin began as the Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, established in 1935. On August 4, 1937, the base was redesignated Eglin Field in honor of Lt. Col. Frederick I. Eglin, who died in an aircraft crash. Today, Eglin hosts some 50 associate units representing virtually every major command including our sister services, the U.S. Army Ranger Camp, and the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal School. Visit the Eglin homepage for more information.
The major command at Eglin is the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC). The Air Armament Center (AAC) is the host unit at Eglin. AAC pulls every phase in the life cycle of air delivered weapons from development through sustainment. The AAC is responsible for conventional and unconventional weapons systems. The major commands on Eglin include AFMC, ACC and the Special Operations Command.
•Active Duty Military: 9,470
•Civilian Employees: 4,038
•NAF Employees: 575
Base transportation on Eglin is provided by either a Base Shuttle bus or Base Taxi.
Incoming personnel should have been assigned a sponsor by "Team Eglin." All incoming personnel should report to the 24 hour Reception Center, Building 11001, 850-882-8761 or DSN 312-872-8761, where you can contact your sponsor or receive further information. After you check-in, report immediately to the Airman and Family Readiness Center, adjacent to the Personnel Center at 502 W. Van Matre Avenue.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center hours of operation are M-F, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center can be contacted at 850-882-9060 or DSN 312-872-9060.
The friendly staff will be glad to assist you in meeting your needs. Until you get a permanent address, your mail may be forwarded to the following address: Member's Name, 307 Van Matre #5000, Eglin AFB, FL 32542-9998. After arrival, pick up mail at the U.S. Post Office located in building 10 across the street from Building 210, Civilian Personnel and Military Personnel Flight.
Reservations can be made in advance by contacting Eglin Inns at 850-882-4534 or DSN 312-872-4534. You may also pre-register for housing by calling the Housing Office at 850-882-4533. Eglin has limited TLF quarters and you may be sent off base during the busy summer moving season. Personnel are highly encouraged to call in advance and make a reservation.
Eglin Airman and Family Readiness Center has a well-stocked loan closet for arrivals/departures. Futons, dish packs, and TV/VCR combos are just a few of the many items that can be loaned out; but remember that summer is the busy season. Call 850-882-2893 to check on availability of loaner items. If there is no answer please call 850-882-9060. The Family Services Loan Closet is located in Bldg. 202, one block to the right of the Airman and Family Readiness Center Bldg, and is open Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am-1:00 pm.Civilian employees moving to Eglin are encouraged to go to the AFPC PCS web page for the most recent civilian PCS information.
Critical Installation Information
BRACBRAC 2005 is expected to make a major impact on Eglin and the surrounding infrastructure as the overall base population will increase to around 38,000 by 2015. Military Construction (MilCon) will total over $732 million.
Another major concern in NW Florida is HURRICANE SEASON, from June to November. Call ahead if you are arriving at Eglin and a hurricane is predicted to hit this area. Watch the Weather Channel and contact your sponsor as Eglin AFB may be evacuated and the surrounding roads will be congested with people leaving the area.
The community surrounding Eglin offers white sand beaches and water sports in the surrounding bays and Gulf of Mexico. Riptides and strong undertow will challenge a strong and masterful swimmer. These conditions are extremely dangerous. Ensure that everyone in your party has had a safety briefing. Parents should brief all children on the dangers of riptides and rip currents before entering the waters surrounding Eglin. Children must be supervised at all times. Signs at the swimming areas may not be posted. It is dangerous to swim or play in water where there is no lifeguard.
Make it a practice to use sunscreen (especially children) on the white sand beaches. The color of the sand intensifies and reflects the heat rays. Use gradual exposure so that your body will become accustomed to sun bathing.
Most of the venomous snakes found in North America can be found in NW Florida. Be alert for snakes and alligators when you walk in wooded or marshy areas.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, as a last reiteration, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.Telephone AccessAll numbers listed are in the 850 area code, except as indicated.
•To call Eglin DSN 312-872-XXXX or (850) 882-XXXX
•From on base-2-XXXX
•Operator/Locator(850) 882-1110 or DSN 312-872-1110